2nd Lieutenant George Ritchie Cairns

Biography of 2nd Lieutenant George Ritchie Cairns

2nd Lieutenant George Ritchie Cairns, born on 16th July 1894, was the youngest son of Police Inspector James Cairns and Mrs. Cairns, Hillhead. After a full course at Hillhead High School, he entered Glasgow University, and graduated MA before enlisting. He was the only member of his battery to be sent to Gallipoli, and was there only a few days when he was mortally wounded. He died on 4th January 1916.

At school, George had been an enthusiastic rugby player and had also won several prizes for running. He took a keen interest in the School games, frequently being seen at the Rugby matches, advising and encouraging younger pupils.

Those who knew George stated that:

"He was a singularly charming and attractive personality, and he will be mourned by all who knew him."

 

Summary

2nd Lieutenant George Ritchie Cairns
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Regiment: 3rd Lowland Brigade Royal Field Artillery
Degree: MA
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action
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Photo ID: N/A

Sources

Obituary: Hillhead High School War Memorial Volume (War Memorial Committee, 1921)

Burial Place: Commonwealth War Graves Commission ' Debt of Honour Register

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